Thomasma's account focuses on Soun Tetoken (Silent One), an orphan adopted by the son of Chief Joseph. Against a backdrop of growing racial tensions, the story is told of a speechless boy befriending a stallion and coyote pup and undergoing his ritual initiation into manhood.
With a clearly evident love of Indian lore and legend, Ken Thomasma vividly recounts the days of the Nez Perce war with the U.S. army in 1877. To authenticate details of that dramatic time the author walked the battlefield sites and spent many hours with the descendants of Chief Joseph, who led that desperate fight.
The eventual surrender of Chief Joseph and his famous words, "From where the sun now stands, I shall fight no more forever," are recorded here with unforgettable drama.